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2:25 PM ET, May 8, 2019

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New York Times:
Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses  —  Newly obtained tax information reveals that from 1985 to 1994, Donald J. Trump's businesses were in far bleaker condition than was previously known.  —  By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Keeping Trump's Tax Returns Secret Is an Insanely Huge Security Risk  —  Last year, the New York Times found that Trump had inherited more than $400 million from his father, largely through a series of illegal schemes.  Now, in a new report, the Times has discovered that, from 1985 through 1994 …
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Mnuchin defies the law by withholding Trump tax returns. Congress can't let this stand.
Discussion: Law & Crime, Raw Story and The Week
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez suggest Trump ‘vulnerable to shady activity’ due to alleged business losses decades ago
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The New York Times drops another tax bomb on Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, LGBTQ Nation and Denver Post
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Further investigation into Matt Gaetz is needed for tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar determines.  —  The Panhandle Republican faces discipline for a message he posted the day before Trump's former lawyer testified to Congress.  —  An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain's Husband Ben Domenech Goes on Unhinged Homophobic Rant Against ‘Cuck’ Seth Meyers  —  The conservative writer and founder of The Federalist later deleted the tweets in which he called the ‘Late Night’ host a ‘piece of sh*t’ for grilling his wife.  —  Matt Wilstein
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Seth Meyers Grills Meghan McCain: Your Rep. Ilhan Omar Comments Are ‘Dangerous’  —  The late-night host got into it with the conservative heiress on Tuesday night.  —  Marlow Stern  —  On Tuesday evening, conservative heiress Meghan McCain—daughter of the late Senator John McCain …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Meghan McCain Gets Super-Testy with Seth Meyers Over Ilhan Omar: ‘Are You Her Publicist?’
Discussion: Townhall
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert S. Mueller III's unredacted report and the evidence he collected from Congress.
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Robert Pear, a Mainstay Times Reporter in Washington, Dies at 69  —  Robert Pear, a reporter whose understated demeanor belied a tenacious pursuit of sources and scoops during his 40 years at The New York Times covering health care and other critical national issues, died on Tuesday in Rockville, Md. He was 69.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Nearly half of white Republicans say it bothers them to hear people speaking foreign languages  —  A new survey finds white Republicans are far more likely to be put off by foreign language speakers than their Democratic counterparts.  —  According to Pew Research Center …
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Juliana Menasce Horowitz / Pew Research Center:
Americans See Advantages and Challenges in Country's Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Electability Trap  —  Every four years, the party out of the White House grapples with the question of who they want to serve as their standard bearer.  And, like clockwork, the first thing they think about is what went wrong in the previous campaign.  Last time, the thinking goes …
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Harry Enten / CNN:
How Joe Biden is eating into Bernie Sanders' coalition
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Thinks He Needs the Fight
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Trying to Reset Her Campaign by Taking On Trump  —  DETROIT — Senator Kamala Harris of California structures her stump speech around two themes — “truth” and “justice” — meant to evoke her career as a barrier-breaking prosecutor and cultivate a reputation as a fearless public advocate.
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NBC News:   Kamala Harris blows past Democratic rivals in fundraising in communities of color
New York Times:
School Shooting Leaves 1 Student Dead and 8 Injured  —  [The authorities on Wednesday identified the suspects as an adult male and a juvenile female.  Read the latest updates here.]  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Last month, as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting approached …
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TheDenverChannel.com:
1 student dead, multiple injured in Highlands Ranch school shooting, officials say
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
By protecting Trump, Republicans risk limiting their ability to hold future Democratic presidents accountable  —  Republicans ready to go to bat for President Trump in his ongoing battle to deny the requests of House Democrats risk limiting the ability of Republicans in Congress to hold future Democratic presidents accountable.
Discussion: CNN
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order
Discussion: Law & Crime
The Daily Beast:
Trump Goes to Bat for His Pal Matt Schlapp's Casino Client  —  The two even used the same language to fight the legislation: tying it to Elizabeth Warren.  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on an obscure piece of legislation granting rights to a Native American tribe seeking a casino in Massachusetts.
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Robert Griffin / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Two Years In  —  How Americans' Views Have — and Have Not — Changed During Trump's Presidency  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — Americans More Optimistic About Direction of the Country, Though Large Split Between Partisans  —  Key Findings  — President Trump's favorability ratings have been stable over his presidency.
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.'s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.
Sasha Watson / Washington Post:
Beto + Sasha  —  The bizarre experience of watching my college boyfriend run for president  —  On an afternoon in January, I sat in the library of the school in Boston where I teach, gathering my things after a faculty meeting and checking my email one last time.
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
John Kelly Says Trump Family Must Be ‘Dealt With’ in White House  — Former chief of staff spoke in interview with Bloomberg  — Kelly resigned after almost two years in the administration  —  Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said members of President Donald Trump's family serving …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Only one 2020 Democrat fully grasps the threat Trump poses  —  Is President Trump an aberration whose defeat in 2020 would allow the nation to begin rebounding toward normalcy?  Or does his ascendance reflect long-running national pathologies and deeply ingrained structural economic …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Salon and Politico
The Daily Beast:
Howard Schultz Has Largely Stopped His Presidential Prep Work  —  Back surgery has sidelined the former Starbucks CEO.  But even his social-media presence is virtually gone.  —  When former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz first declared that he was entertaining the idea of running for president …
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
U.S. Threatens New Sanctions as Iran Plans to End Compliance With Parts of Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Iran's president declared on Wednesday that the country would stop complying with two of its commitments under the Iranian nuclear deal, pushing the growing confrontation between Washington …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say
Reuters:
Exclusive: China backtracked on nearly all aspects of U.S. trade deal - sources  —  WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The diplomatic cable from Beijing arrived in Washington late on Friday night, with systematic edits to a nearly 150-page draft trade agreement that would blow up months …
T.J. Stiles / Washington Post:
America is losing its memory  —  T.J. Stiles received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  He is a member of the governing boards of the Society of American Historians and the Organization of American Historians.
Mark I. Pinsky / Poynter:
THE APOLOGISTS  —  In January, the Orlando Sentinel posted an impassioned apology for inflaming racial tensions decades ago in a 1949 case called “The Groveland Four.”  Four young African American men were accused of raping a white woman, charges that resulted in the extra-judicial killings …
William J. Burns / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘deal of the century’ for Arab-Israeli peace is doomed by delusions  —  William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a former deputy secretary of state and the author of “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal.”
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Is Pushing Democrats to the Brink.  Look at Elijah Cummings.  —  WASHINGTON — Even after President Trump sued him last month to keep his business records secret, Representative Elijah E. Cummings kept his cool and urged Congress to move slowly on impeachment.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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